Brew Review: Abrasive

20 Sep

Brew: Abrasive

Brewed by: Surly Brewing Co. (Brooklyn Center, MN)

Style: American Double IPA (9.00% ABV)

 

This is one of my favorite beers.  I will start off and say that right now.  Every winter is exciting because I know that Abrasive will soon be back on the shelves and I will get to enjoy the intense hoppy-ness of this delicious brew.  I will also start off this post by saying, it’s not cheap.  A 4-pack of this stuff usually runs me about 16 bucks or 4/can.  That’s definitely not cheap but it’s one of those beers that I will splurge on each year and buy 2 or 3 4-packs throughout the run just because I like it so much.  On to the beer.

Abrasive pours out a marmalade orange color with some yellow and light hints of red.  Basically looks like an autumn day in a glass.  Beautiful.  On the top rises a decent white head that leaves solid lace down the side of my glass.  In a dim room this brew looks like a ruby glittering in the soft light. 

The aroma is outstanding.  You can smell this beer from across the room.  Tons of grapefruit, apricots and mango.  The tropical storm that this beer contains is one I would gladly get caught up in any time.  The hops are all you can detect from the aroma, a hop-heads dream.  A wonderful dream at that.  A hint of piney hops also shines through which just makes smelling this beer a treat that lasts longer than 1 or 2 breaths. 

The taste follows the aroma perfectly, like jelly follows peanut butter or peanut butter follows chocolate.  The balance of the intense amount of hops with the malts is constructed so perfectly that Mozart would approve if it were music.  The bitterness of the hops explodes out of the gate but in no way is this too hoppy or over the top.  The malts are right there every step of the way to make this so wonderfully balanced that I am glad it only comes in 4-packs otherwise I would be taking a lot more days off of work when this beer comes out. 

This double IPA is so well balanced, especially at a time when bigger is better for IBU’s and hops and IPA’s that some breweries (see Devil Dancer) have gone off the deep end.  Surly has hit the nail on the head with this one.  On a side note they just released that Hell was becoming a year round beer and I for one was not happy that this beer was not chosen for that year round slot. 

 

Final Grade: A

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3 Responses to “Brew Review: Abrasive”

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  1. Brew Review: Detour « Average Bro's Brew Review - September 28, 2012

    […] malts as well which were well balanced.  Not as floral or fruity as maybe I have been spoiled on (Abrasive) but still everything had its place and it all fit together well.  Solid brew, maybe not worth the […]

  2. Brew Review: Double Trouble « Average Bro's Brew Review - October 15, 2012

    […] big juicy hop flavors then this beer has everything you could ever want.  I would compare it to Abrasive except for one thing.  All the hop oils end up making the brew a little sticky or syrupy which […]

  3. Brew Review: Double Trouble « Average Bro's Brew Review - October 15, 2012

    […] big juicy hop flavors then this beer has everything you could ever want.  I would compare it to Abrasive except for one thing.  All the hop oils end up making the brew a little sticky or syrupy which […]

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